FierceHealthIT: Continuous monitoring helps slash hospital length of stay

Continuous, contact-free electronic monitoring of hospital patients helped to reduce length of stay by roughly 9 percent, according to research published this month in the American Journal of Medicine

For the study, the researchers, from Los Angeles-based California Hospital Medical Center and Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston, compared a 33-bed medical-surgical unit (an intervention unit) to a “sister” control unit for a total of 18 months–a nine-month preimplementation period and a nine-month postimplementation period. Following the intervention, monitors enabling continuous assessment of patient heart and respiration rates were installed on all of the beds in the intervention unit.

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